Weekly Report 10 Sep 10

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Weekly Report 10 Sep 10

Post by Brad » Fri Sep 10, 2010 3:44 pm

Land based anglers have had good success of an evening soaking a few fresh flesh baits off the northern beaches recently. Once again the big evening tides have helped anglers find big grunter in good numbers and we should expect to hear more reports like this in the near future. Fresh bait is definitely the key for the grunter and if you can find some live bait, expect to see some big barra to be caught from these areas in the coming months. The saltwater side of Aplins weir has been fishing particularly well of late with both lure enthusiasts and live baiters having plenty of success. Those using live mullet and herring have fooled big barra around the metre mark, which is a good indication that the barra are turning back onto fish baits. Early morning sessions have been more productive although those fishing late into the night have had good captures as well.

It seems the warmer weather has fired up many species in the creeks with rat barras in plague proportions at the moment. While the DOA prawn has reigned supreme over the winter months, the good old Koolabung Razorback and Richo Extractor have hailed as one of the best lures over the past week. These lures rigged with owner hooks and rings have the perfect buoyancy and barra just love em! Creeks such as the Bohle, Haughton, Barrattas and Black River have turned on some awesome lure sessions of late with deep diving lures the secret to success. The recent big tides have seen some good grunter caught in the Burdekin River over the past week, not to mention the run of big prawns as well. With the prawns around there should be some big predators lurking nearby so keep an eye out for nervous bait.

The shoals off Alva beach once again have been producing some red hot fishing of late, with the run of big grunter continuing with the lead up to the new moon. Locally known Coconut Shoals has fished best trolling crazy deep lures and jigging soft plastics over rubble bottom for big fingermark. Those with bigger boats weathered average conditions to fish some of their favourite large mouth grounds around the moon and it certainly payed off. 4 anglers hooked good fish for a good hour or so only to donate them all to the sharks. But persistence pays, as a small window opened up that saw the sharks disappear allowing a few crimson fish to hit the deck. In a red hot session 40 large mouth were landed all around the 70cm mark, a good session in anyone’s book. The spanish mackerel reports have also been positive with shoal areas off Alva Beach, Bowling Green Bay and Maggie Shoals still producing good numbers of fish around 8kg, with a rigged garfish on a woghead doing all the damage. It seems the overcast conditions coinciding with the lead up to the moon has really fired them up, keeping them well on the chew.

It’s good to see patches of good weather around at the moment and with this weekend looking pretty good, I’d be stocking up on garfish and wolfies in hunt for some spanish mackerel. Look at areas that have been fishing well such as Cape Cleveland and Maggie Shoals, there should be some good fish starting to show up now. Tide Times Full Moon: 23rd September 10

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